Posted by Stephen Pema Dorje on December 02, 1999 at 15:09:31:
In Reply to: Sorry to keep asking this but.... posted by Remmy on December 02, 1999 at 08:10:47:
Good questions,don't have to stop asking. That's what the forum is all about. I'll let you know how I see it. The term "Buddha" has 2 meanings.
The historical buddha, and the "buddha nature" or
that part in each of us that is free or not attached to desires, and which doesn't think of things as separate and impermanent, those negatives that cause greed, anger and ignorance, and in turn suffering (4 noble truths). A bodhisattva is a person or deity, that works to attain enlightenment, but vows to forego nirvana in order to help all sentient beings attain enlightenment. The teachings talk about many buddhas of past, present and future. Maitreya is abuddha that is supposed to be in thr future. Different school teach different timeframes, etc. There are lots of bodhisattvas around. I'd say The Dalai Lama and Mother Theresa are two. Many out there less in the public eye. There are many enlightened beings, but on different levels.
Through all this dialogue, I don't think I can say I have met a Buddha, just some enlightened people and some bodhisattvas. If this helped fine, if it confused you more, I apologize. I still have lots of questions too. Find a qualified teacher is the besy solution. Good luck.
Peace to you, Stephen
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